Skin Banjo Head

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Skin Banjo Head

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Skin Banjo Head

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For a truly original mellow banjo sound, a natural skin head is first choice. Unmounted calfskin; fits rims up to 12" in diameter.

Installation instructions included.

Choosing the right size banjo head
Measure your banjo for the correct head diameter
Your banjo's rim may be slightly out of round, so take at least three diameter measurements at different points on the outside of the banjo's tone ring or rim top. Use the average diameter to the nearest 1/16" to order the correct size.

Most modern banjos use an 11"-diameter head. Modern makers of "old-time" open-back banjos usually use 11" (and sometimes 12") heads. Vintage banjos, however, may have a range of rim diameters from 10" to 12".

Choose the correct crown height
Crown height is the vertical distance from the top of the head's mounting band to the top surface of the head. A banjo with a flathead tone ring (or a flat-topped banjo) requires a medium or high crown head. A banjo with an archtop tone ring requires a low crown head. The correct crown height prevents the banjo's tension hoop from pulling down too far, and ensures the hoop won't be so high as to impede the strings.


Product Instructions

How to install a skin banjo head

Dan Levenson explains how to install an unmounted, skin banjo head.

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Quality Skin Head

(Customer's Reviews)

I have installed a half dozen of these heads on various styles and sizes of banjos. My customers ard always pleased with the quality of the skin.


Skin head

(Customer's Reviews)

Very good quality! I'll buy more of these.


Skin banjo head

(Customer's Reviews)

Good quality skin. Appreciated the mounting instructions that were included, which worked well. I would add one thing to the instructions. If your banjo has a metal ring, which the head is stretched over, you should consider painting the ring before mounting the head. Last time I did not do this, and the ring imparted some rust color, due to the wet head, which you could see through the head after it dried. This is a 100 year old banjo, so newer models may not be a problem.

I am very happy with the final result.

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